Medical director Dr. Albert l. Rodriguez comes from a long line of scientists and doctors: his grandfather was a general practitioner, his father an orthopedic surgeon, and his mother a college professor who taught physics and math. At Forever U, Dr. Rodriguez has been carrying on the family tradition for more than 20 years, endeavoring to reverse the biological processes that give rise to wrinkles, veins, and other signs of aging. His age-defying services go beyond basics—one treatment, profiled in Palm Beach Woman, involves harvesting a woman's own adult adipose tissue and platelet-rich plasma and reintroducing the substances into different areas of the body.
Dr. Rodriguez is known for staying on the cutting edge of his field, which often involves no cutting at all. Board-certified in three specialties including aesthetic medicine and anesthesiology, he’s also a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine with advanced training in sclerotherapy; laser, IPL, and radiofrequency systems; and, especially, noninvasive facial treatments. Alongside clinical nurse Mary Lou Welker Gordon, he and his staff create younger-looking skin with medical chemical peels, microdermabrasion, fillers such as Radiesse and Juvederm, brow-smoothers such as Botox and Dysport, and finger paints.
To help patients stay as well-informed as he is, Dr. Rodriguez maintains a YouTube channel discussing new breakthroughs in aesthetic medicine, such as Neograft hair transplants. Both his commitment to education and his pursuit of beauty continue outside the center’s walls—he frequently appears in print and on TV, and exhibits his oil paintings in galleries throughout the area.
The certified medical aestheticians and laser technicians of Natural Beauty Laser break down beauty barriers with a slate of advanced aesthetic services. The specialists harness the power of lasers to help to diminish spider veins, treat acne, remove hair, and train spies, and traditional services such as eyebrow threading and microdermabrasion pamper and polish with classic techniques. With the help of ultrasonic waves, the spa's ultrasonic cavitation treatments seek and destroy fat cells to help clients to lose stubborn weight without surgery.
Dr. Thomas Balshi didn't just relax on the beach in his free time while earning a medical degree at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Instead, the doctor pulled on a scuba suit and served as a PADI underwater medical-rescue diver. The drive to challenge himself has remained with Dr. Balshi throughout his career, leading him to achieve board certification in both internal medicine and dermatology. His expertise in these contrasting fields has instilled the doctor with a value for full-body wellness, and his Dermatology & Liposculpture Center fulfills this passion by running the gamut from cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels and laser hair and tattoo removal to treatment for various types of skin cancer.
As the director of aesthetics within Dr. Balshi's Dermatology & Liposculpture Center, licensed clinical aesthetician Lisa Michelle Nadeau devises skincare treatments that help heal existing wear on skin due to aging, sun damage, and sandpaper pillows, and prevent future damage from occurring. Her specialties include microdermabrasion, acne treatments, and medical-grade skin services.
Like a Swiss Army knife made out of Legos, Maria Elena Gegunde is many things in one. She holds licenses in aesthetics and massage therapy, certifications in aerobics and personal training, and a degree in physical therapy. Inside Shanti Om Spa’s soothing atmosphere, she and her hand-picked staff draw from their skills during massages that incorporate aromatherapy oils and coconut body scrubs to exfoliate the skin while working over muscles. Other services include facials, butt lifts, lipo laser, and holistic massages.
The Salt Suite's halotherapy rooms were carved from 24,000 pounds of salt imported from the Dead Sea, historically noted for its healing and wellness properties. The naturally antibacterial salt lies in layers upon the floor and walls, also flavoring the dry aerosol emissions that circulate within the fresh, temperate air pumped into each room by a halogenerator. Twenty-one minerals found within the salt aim to detoxify, cleanse, and replenish bodies, easing the effects of ailments such as sinusitis, eczema, allergies, asthma, COPD, and flavorless-popcorn syndrome.
The adult suite seats up to seven guests in individual spaces—while relaxing in cushioned chairs, patrons can mind-surf on a wave of soft music, count the number of semicolons in a magazine, or click boldly into unexplored sectors of the Internet. Toys and television entertain little busybodies inside the kids' room, where salt covers the ground and an underwater vista fills the space between floor and ceiling. In addition to salt therapy, The Salt Suite offers Yin, Vinyasa, and Hatha yoga sessions in one of its trademark salt chambers.
The staff at Nagada Med Spa perform laser hair-removal, skin-rejuvenation, and anti-aging treatments using an FDA-approved Candela laser. All practitioners are certified and work under the direct supervision of Dr. Timothy Alexander, a plastic surgeon.
Unlike traditional skincare treatments that only provide a temporary fix, skincare at Nourishe works to nurture each person’s genetic makeup to help skin function at its optimal level. Each individually formulated treatment mimics the body’s natural DNA repair to help restore skin cells and achieve a more youthful look. For example, the Nourishe Elixi-lift, a nonsurgical face-lift, can stimulate the growth of natural collagen to help reduce wrinkles without surgery. Even their more basic facial services rely on botanically infused ingredients, using everything from chocolate to chamomile to satisfy the needs and midnight cravings of each client’s individual epidermis.